Preserving Bois d'arc's Brilliant Yellow Color

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03-02-2009 11:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: osage orange bois darc yellow preserve color wine stopper

Has anyone found the secret to preserving the brilliant yellow color of freshly milled Bois d’Arc? (Osage Orange)

I have made a couple of pens and wine stoppers out of Bois d’Arc and I really like the eye catching bright yellow color. The problem is that the bright color doesn’t last and gives way to a rich brown shade over time. This isn’t entirley bad but I’d sure like to keep the vibrant color longer.

Wine Stopper

Any Advise….


-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-02-2009 11:27 PM

Hide it in a closet.

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 11:28 PM

I like that color too. When you find out how to preserve it I want to know. Where did you find the Osage Orange wood?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-03-2009 12:34 AM

When I was a Freshman in HS (1955) I turned a lamp base from Osage Orange. Finished it with shellac. Today, that lamp base is almost the color of fumed oak. It’s always been in a fairly dark room.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 03-03-2009 01:05 AM

The problem has to do with Ultra Violet light. Finishes that have a UV block need to be replenished every couple of years or so. Do a google for UV finishes and see what you can find.

Here is some info

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#5 posted 03-03-2009 01:32 AM

Cabinetmaster – I live in North Dallas and have several trees in the yard. This piece was just some branch I had to trim.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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